[pdx] The Powell’s City Of Books Uncertainty Principle

2198.The Powell’s City Of Books Uncertainty Principle states, quite simply, this: regardless of the actual presence of absence of a given volume in the Powell’s inventory, the attempt to locate said book changes whether or not you’ll actually see it on the shelf.

In particular, once failing to locate the desired volume in the appropriate section, consulting the Customer Lookup terminal collapses the book’s wave function and makes it tougher to find once you get back to the corresponding shelf.

Actually, this is a POV on how awesome Powell’s actually is, not a criticism.

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